Category Archives: Sports & Recreation

Recipe: Almond Poppy Seed Muffins from Flora Vista Inn

In the tiny coastal town of La Selva Beach, you’ll find the wonderful Flora Vista Inn, a historic farmhouse tucked among flowering fields near the Monterey Bay. The 1871 home — originally designed as replica of Abraham Lincoln’s home in Springfield, IL — is now a bed & breakfast run by husband-and-wife team, Ed and Deanna…

44th Annual Wharf to Wharf: “The best little road race in California”

The annual 6-mile, scenic, seaside run from Santa Cruz to Capitola-by-the-Sea is widely acclaimed “the best little road race in California”. The Wharf to Wharf is the biggest summer event of its kind on the West Coast and whether you’re a runner, cheerleader or spectator, Santa Cruz will be buzzing with excitement! The race route…

Get on the Bay with a Scenic Yacht Charter

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary has been called the Serengeti of the Sea and now is a great time to see why. Just months ago schools of anchovies were flooding the bay, luring large numbers of marine mammals. Humpback whales, dolphins, sea otters and seals were regular sights along the Santa Cruz shore. Although…

Win a Trip to Santa Cruz!

What comes to mind on your Santa Cruz dream vacation? How about experiencing the redwoods from 150 feet in air on a canopy tour. Or maybe you’ve been dreaming of seeing those whales everyone has been talking about. Whether you’re the adventurous type or would rather be sipping some fine Santa Cruz Mountain wine, Visit Santa Cruz County…

Wilder Ranch for Visitors Big & Small!

This week’s Fan Photos are dedicated to the beautiful Wilder Ranch State Park! The 7,000 gorgeous coastal acres are full of places to explore for all ages! Trails big, and trails small, be sure to add Wilder Ranch to your Santa Cruz must-see list!

Santa Cruz Warrior Aaron Craft Shares Local Faves

Have you made it to a Santa Cruz Warriors game yet? The development team for the Golden State Warriors are the current NBA D-League champions and have advanced to the finals every year since they moved to Santa Cruz in 2012. In fact, 2015 was the first time an NBA team and their development affiliate…

Falling for Santa Cruz

This week’s Fan Photos highlight the trek-worthy waterfalls in Santa Cruz County! Spring feels like it has sprung, creatures are enjoying the sun, wildflowers are blooming, and waterfalls are flowing. Take a look at a few waterfalls that are inspiring us to take a hike this weekend! 1. Golden Falls at Big Basin Redwoods State…

Get Out and Enjoy the Weather!

I’m as happy as the next Californian for all this rain, but seeing that 7 day forecast full of sunshine icons & 70 degree days has me on another level of happy. Here are a few of my favorite things to do on those warm, sunny days in Santa Cruz: 1. Take a walk on West Cliff…

Guided Backpacking Adventures with California State Parks

For the second summer in a row, California State Parks is offering Naturalist-Led Backpacking Adventures through the Santa Cruz Mountains! Whether you’re new to backpacking or a seasoned nomad, there’s an adventure waiting for you! This year there will be five excursions throughout June to September with trips varying in length from one to three…

Start the New Year with an Inspiring Hike

Say “Auld Lang Syne” to holiday indulgences and start the New Year fresh with an inspiring hike in a beautiful setting. On January 1st, state parks throughout the country will ring in 2016 with First Day Hikes, a fourth annual program that offers free, guided hikes to all. Below, we’ve assembled a guide to outings…

Category Archives: Sports & Recreation

Recipe: Almond Poppy Seed Muffins from Flora Vista Inn

In the tiny coastal town of La Selva Beach, you’ll find the wonderful Flora Vista Inn, a historic farmhouse tucked among flowering fields near the Monterey Bay. The 1871 home — originally designed as replica of Abraham Lincoln’s home in Springfield, IL — is now a bed & breakfast run by husband-and-wife team, Ed and Deanna…

44th Annual Wharf to Wharf: “The best little road race in California”

The annual 6-mile, scenic, seaside run from Santa Cruz to Capitola-by-the-Sea is widely acclaimed “the best little road race in California”. The Wharf to Wharf is the biggest summer event of its kind on the West Coast and whether you’re a runner, cheerleader or spectator, Santa Cruz will be buzzing with excitement! The race route…

Get on the Bay with a Scenic Yacht Charter

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary has been called the Serengeti of the Sea and now is a great time to see why. Just months ago schools of anchovies were flooding the bay, luring large numbers of marine mammals. Humpback whales, dolphins, sea otters and seals were regular sights along the Santa Cruz shore. Although…

Win a Trip to Santa Cruz!

What comes to mind on your Santa Cruz dream vacation? How about experiencing the redwoods from 150 feet in air on a canopy tour. Or maybe you’ve been dreaming of seeing those whales everyone has been talking about. Whether you’re the adventurous type or would rather be sipping some fine Santa Cruz Mountain wine, Visit Santa Cruz County…

Wilder Ranch for Visitors Big & Small!

This week’s Fan Photos are dedicated to the beautiful Wilder Ranch State Park! The 7,000 gorgeous coastal acres are full of places to explore for all ages! Trails big, and trails small, be sure to add Wilder Ranch to your Santa Cruz must-see list!

Santa Cruz Warrior Aaron Craft Shares Local Faves

Have you made it to a Santa Cruz Warriors game yet? The development team for the Golden State Warriors are the current NBA D-League champions and have advanced to the finals every year since they moved to Santa Cruz in 2012. In fact, 2015 was the first time an NBA team and their development affiliate…

Falling for Santa Cruz

This week’s Fan Photos highlight the trek-worthy waterfalls in Santa Cruz County! Spring feels like it has sprung, creatures are enjoying the sun, wildflowers are blooming, and waterfalls are flowing. Take a look at a few waterfalls that are inspiring us to take a hike this weekend! 1. Golden Falls at Big Basin Redwoods State…

Get Out and Enjoy the Weather!

I’m as happy as the next Californian for all this rain, but seeing that 7 day forecast full of sunshine icons & 70 degree days has me on another level of happy. Here are a few of my favorite things to do on those warm, sunny days in Santa Cruz: 1. Take a walk on West Cliff…

Guided Backpacking Adventures with California State Parks

For the second summer in a row, California State Parks is offering Naturalist-Led Backpacking Adventures through the Santa Cruz Mountains! Whether you’re new to backpacking or a seasoned nomad, there’s an adventure waiting for you! This year there will be five excursions throughout June to September with trips varying in length from one to three…

Start the New Year with an Inspiring Hike

Say “Auld Lang Syne” to holiday indulgences and start the New Year fresh with an inspiring hike in a beautiful setting. On January 1st, state parks throughout the country will ring in 2016 with First Day Hikes, a fourth annual program that offers free, guided hikes to all. Below, we’ve assembled a guide to outings…